KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Hockey Federation (MHF) will set up a national hockey academy soon at the Tun Razak Stadium here to further popularise the sports among the youths.
The MHF deputy president, Tan Sri P. Alagendra, said that the federation's Council had approved the proposal and they would hold further discussions on it with the National Sports Council (MSC) soon.
The academy will provide courses and also facilities for the development of the sport among young players.
The academy will not only be the centre of excellence for Malaysian hockey but also for Asia, said Alagendra.
The meeting chaired by the MHF president, Sultan Azlan Shah, also discussed the role of teachers in the development of hockey at the school level.
Under this programme, teachers will be trained in coaching before they return to handle the teams in their respective schools, said Alagendra.
The MHF Council also endorsed the plan to promote indoor hockey in a big way and they will have at least one pitch for the sport in every state.
We might start with the hockey Project Schools in every state because they are already receiving funding from the government.
The synthetic pitch will be multi-purpose and can also be used for other sports, said Alagendra.
He added that the MHF had sent their representatives to Germany to see the development of indoor hockey and the conducting of courses as well as management methods.